With the World Cup looming on the horizon once again, many football fans are looking forward to celebrating the occasion with barbecues. Here are a few tips on staying safe during World Cup barbecues.
Injuries by burning
The first rule, of course, is to remember that fires caused by grills are responsible for many injuries, even deaths, every year. It is therefore vital to know how to control fire and have a fire extinguisher readily at hand at all times.
Naturally, it is equally important to read instructions for any type of barbecuing equipment, whether it is operated by gas, charcoal or electricity, carefully. If injuries occur due to faulty equipment, you may have a claim for faulty goods compensation, but if you are injured through inappropriate use, this is not the case.
For obvious reasons, it is necessary to consider carefully where to place the barbecue. High traffic areas, especially if frequented by children, should be avoided, as accidental injuries may otherwise be the result.
Bacteria likely to cause food poisoning lurk everywhere, and it is important to:
- Keep all food covered.
- Keep fresh meat, vegetables, etc refrigerated until needed.
- Ensure all food is heated and cooked through thoroughly.
While this may be stating the obvious, it is quite surprising how many people will risk infecting guests with food poisoning by not cooking meat products properly.
Grease, slips, trips and falls
Barbecuing meat often involves a fair amount of grease. This may result in not only burn injuries through flare-ups, but could also result in slip injuries if grease is spilled onto flooring. Wiping up spills immediately is therefore essential. This naturally also applies to spills of sauces, drinks, and so on.
While alcohol is usually involved in World Cup barbecues at least to some extent, it is recommended to keep intake low, especially while cooking. Inebriated guests should also be assisted and prevented from being injured by falling, slipping or tripping.
If you were injured at a barbecue through no fault of your own, you may qualify for accidental injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible on 0800 689 0500 to establish your claim eligibility and initiate your claim.
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Date Published: May 1, 2014
Author: David Brown